The Ultimate Historic District Quiz

The Ultimate Historic District Quiz
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About This Quiz

The process of qualifying as a historical district is quite complicated. Knowing how your community may or may not benefit from this designation may be important information for property owners. Take this quiz to see how much you know about historic districts.
How many historic districts are there in the U.S.?
more than 1,300
more than 2,300
The U.S. is home to more than 2,300 historic districts.
more than 3,300

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Where was the first U.S. historic district?
Seattle, Washington
Charleston, South Carolina
Formed in 1931, Charleston, South Carolina was the first designated historical district.
Sanford, Florida

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Who overseas the Charleston historical district?
Board of Architectural Review
The Board of Architectural Review was established to oversea the historical district.
Board of City Commissioners
School Board

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To be on the National Register of Historic Places, how old must a property be?
more than 50 years
To have a spot on the National Register of Historic Places, usually the property must be more than 50 years old.
more than 65 years
more than 75 years

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Where is the largest historical district?
Massachusetts
Montana
Encompassing 9,774 acres, the State of Montana is home to the largest historical district.
Texas

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Where is Mollytown?
fictional town
Mollytown is a fictional neighborhood located in a U.S. Southern town.
Mollytown, NY
Mollytown, MA

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What type of professional may be qualified to serve on a State Review Board to determine the significance of a property?
historians
architects
both answers
Historians, architects and archaeologists would be well qualified to serve on a State Review Board.

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What is a legal benefit of being on the National Register of Historic Places?
federal tax benefits
federal grants
both answers
Owners of these properties may gain from federal tax benefits and from federal grants for some preservation expenses.

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What types of properties comprise Skagway, Alaska's historic district?
gold rush era
Skagway is home to gold rush era properties.
Victorian era
Art Nouveau era

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Why would a property owner need a certificate of appropriateness?
to approve any architectural work
to approve any changes in exterior appearance
both answers
This certificate may be needed to approve any work done on a property located in a historical district.

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Which act created the National Register of Historic Places?
National Historic Preservation Act
In 1966, the National Historic Preservation Act created the National Register of Historic Places.
Presidential Succession Act
Presidential Records Act

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Who holds the real power over properties on the National Register of Historic Places?
local historic districts
The local historic districts have the most legal protections.
state historic districts
federal historic districts

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How many categories of properties are eligible for placement on the National Register of Historic Places?
three
five
There are five categories: buildings, structures, objects, sites and districts.
seven

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To be on the National Register a property must be:
significant
A property must be significant, among other criteria.
less than 50 years old
in perfect condition

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Whom should you contact if you would like your property to be considered for the National Register of Historic Places?
state historic preservation officer.
Contact your state historic preservation officer. The National Park Services Web site has a listing for every state.
congressman
mayor

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